What a busy week!

It all began with finding out that, as a school, we had raised over £2000 for the NSPCC from our danceathon. This is a fantastic amount and was more than any other school in Wiltshire. Well done to everyone!

On Wednesday, we had a go at drumming to see if anyone would like lessons. It was rather loud – especially when it was our chance to have a go!

Then it was preparations for Mothering Sunday, making our lovely flowers and messages and other things!

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Every party goer needs a party hat! First thing this morning, everybody had to make their own top hat! This took quite a while… Then this afternoon, it was time to make the sandwiches ready for the party. Some of us even wore our top hats to make the sandwiches. Then into the hall with the rest of the school for the party!

Ash Wednesday

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and St David’s Day! Rev. Larkey came in to lead our Ash Wednesday service, telling everybody about the reasons for the festival. The children, staff and congregation were given the option of being ‘ashed.’ Lovely singing of our hymns followed, including ‘Guide us o great redeemer’ in honour of St. David’s Day.

Book week begins…

On Monday, we all entered Wonderland as we began our Alice themed week. The school has been transformed!

So far this week we’ve made persuasive posters advertising potions to drink; acted out parts of the book (Little Bill flying up the chimney!);  made our own caucus game board games; made roses (red) to attach to the tree in the library, and listened to lots of Alice in Wonderland. Our Maths this week has been Alice in Numberland- lots of maths investigations which require perseverance and resilience. More photos of what we’ve been getting up to below.

Victorian Day

Classrooms were changed and teachers were being really strict! The day started with a fingernail and shoe inspection. Class 5 just about passed. During the morning, we did lots of rote learning and copying out on our ‘slates’ with chalk. We learnt some rhymes about trying our best and getting all the kings and queens in order from 1066 to Queen Victoria. After our Victorian lunch, we all did drills on the playground before being split into girls and boys. The boys did designing a vegetable patch, colouring in the flag correctly for Victoria’s diamond jubilee and making a cup and ball. The girls did art work!

Morrigan thought it was very unique and would love to do it again! Riley thought it was very disturbing and William, Callum, Jake and Woody all thought sitting on the dunce’s chair was the most exciting part! Pictures below…

Stay Safe Workshop

Lots of important messages delivered this morning. The children learnt how to react in various situations. The key statement was ‘Don’t ask me, ask an adult ‘ and ‘I’m with an adult.’ We tried various responses and learnt how to shout ‘ help’very loudly! Lots of role-play – pictures below.

YELL, RUN, TELL!

Then on to internet safety. We discussed the story of Sharon and Tracey who got talking in a chat room. They were both 12 years old – or were they?

The workshops this morning were paid for by the School Council. Well done to them.

On the subject of internet safety , don’t forget our parent workshops by the NSPCC on 6th February at 7pm.

 

Assembly Nearly Ready!

We’ve had our last rehearsal and we’re ready and raring to go for tomorrow’s assembly. I’m very proud of them all for putting it all together in such a short amount of time. Here’s a sneaky peak at some photos (action shots / blurred!) of rehearsals.

After we have entertained you, please stay for a cup of coffee and a look at some of our work. Our famous mountains will be on display!

 

Welcome Back!

The new term is well underway. We’re getting to grips with the story of The Tempest – understanding the characters and the themes in the story. Caliban seems to be a bit of a favourite character with the class! Not so much interest in Miranda and Ferdinand – the lovers…

Our topic on the Alps (Let’s Ski) has begun with a first lesson on fact finding  using atlases and information books. Then, yesterday, we got out the iPads to use Google Earth and Maps. I had to throw out the lesson plan as everyone got caught up in the ‘awe and wonder’ of the satellite pictures and the ability to zoom in. Great fun was had with a very noisy classroom with everyone trying to tell everyone else about what they were doing! Congratulations to Sam who stood on top of The Matterhorn and looked around without getting out of breath and to Jake who managed to find the bedroom window of the apartment he stayed at. Then, of course, we all moved on to finding our own local area. Callum realised the aerial photo of our school was much older than the street scene; Riley managed to find the top of his head in a photo, and Morrigan found that her Mum was looking out of the window in her house!

Our mod-roc mountains are now dried and ready to paint. It was very exciting using mod-roc for the first time and I was very impressed that we managed to tidy the classroom really quickly afterwards! Great fun was also had sawing the wood to the desired height. Photos below!

 

Nearly Christmas!

This week started with some rather strange looking characters in Elm class.

All nervously ready for a dress rehearsal.

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After the dress rehearsal, there followed three absolutely fabulous performances. Well done to us all. We were superb!

The week finished with us making Christingles as part of our RE unit. A lovely time was had by all. I wonder if the sweets made it home without being eaten!

 

Lighting up Elm Class

We moved on from our topic on sound to electricity. How could we light up a bulb? What do we need? Great fun was had trying to sort out our circuits using cells, wires, buzzers, bulbs and motors. Very excited faces when a working circuit was made.

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